The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), perhaps the signature 1:1 laptop program in the nation, has generated controversy and struggled with results. It is now at risk of being brought to an end. One contributing factor: despite a 10+ year statewide track record of implementation, there is a lack of high-quality research on the program’s effectiveness in contributing to student learning. It’s a missed opportunity.
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Conceivably, if blockchain were to help students keep track of and share records of their academic experiences – in brick-and-mortar schools, virtual classes, from other sources – it could add detail and sophistication to efforts to “personalize” education.
Yet there’s almost no way to guarantee trouble-free computerized testing on a stage as large as Florida’s, experts said. That’s because the undertaking is “not just a test, but a massive technology project” that involves so many moving parts in a decentralized system.
“Such clear and direct relationships are few and far between in education—and these findings raise many implications for states and districts as they shift to online assessment.”
“Over the long term, the [best] solution is adopting an open standard that works. But some districts will always want to have their hand held, and not every company is going to be sophisticated on this issue.”